The Central Okanagan Planning Study is examining the Central Okanagan to understand and explore the transportation needs of the area. The study will look at route options including preferred locations for a future alternate lake crossing and potential timing for future project planning purposes.

Your input has been helping determine the collective interests that need to be considered in developing requirements and potential options for future transportation improvements in the Central Okanagan. The Ministry is considering input from this consultation in conjunction with existing provincial plans, technical data and local government input as it works to develop the picture of future needs for discussion and further public consultation.

Work to date has considered:

  • The performance of the corridor, including congestion and safety factors.
  • Travel patterns, the role and function of the Highway 97 corridor and the W.R. Bennett Bridge, and the needs of all users, including car drivers, goods movers, transit riders, carpoolers, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Connection to and support for local, regional, provincial and national growth and transportation plans.
  • Trends in population, economic development, land use, sustainability initiatives, community livability, traffic and travel modes in the Central Okanagan.
  • Your experience with respect to all of the above.
  • Future transportation needs.
  • Possible improvement options for the long and near-to-intermediate term
  • Your input

Next Steps

The study team is working with the Local Governments, First Nations Bands and the Regional District of the Central Okanagan to ensure that Provincial, regional and local transportation plans are aligned. This work, likely to continue into early 2020, will lead to further engagement as recommendations are developed and refined.